Collaboration with Crown Perth in association with The Works Entertainment
Seeing is really believing? After attending Perth opening night, I’m still not sure what I believe when it comes to The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway.
Having shattered box office records around the world, The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway is currently captivating audiences at Crown Perth Theatre. This mind-blowing spectacular is the biggest selling magic show in Broadway history and showcases the jaw-dropping talents of some of the most incredible illusionists on earth.
I headed along to a breath taking sneak peek for the media call on Wednesday, before fronting up to opening night on Thursday at Crown Perth Theatre. Possibly one of the most impressive and nerve wracking modern day magic shows I’ve had the pleasure to see live.
Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway is for audiences of all ages, although not all acts are for the faint hearted. It’s one of those shows that will have you on the edge of your uncomfortable theatre seat, fractured ribs (yes that would be me) and all!
The Perth show features seven hand-picked stars from around the globe, each a master in their own field.
- The Manipulator, An Halim – Hailing from Korea, An Halim is regarded as one of the most masterful sleight of hand artists in the world. His pure and articulate performance of manipulation has earned him first prize awards at such prestigious events as the World Magic Seminar in Asia, the Italy Club Manipulation Convention, and the Korea Busan International Magic Competition. An Halim has been a featured performer in Monte Carlo and at FISM, and in 2016 joined the US tour of The Illusionists. He has mastered the art of manipulation through extreme discipline and his highly skilled technique leaves both audiences and fellow magicians in awe.
- The Inventor, Kevin James – Kevin James is one of today’s most ground breaking and innovative illusionists. His illusions and magic acts are also performed by other stars from David Copperfield to Nicholas Cage in the Hollywood film Adaptation. He is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual… He believes he has a responsibility to remind people of that state of awe and wonder they felt as a child. Whether he’s holding a rose or swinging a chain saw, anything is possible with The Inventor.
- The Deductionist, Colin Cloud – Colin Cloud is a forensic scientist who mixes mind magic and brain science with his love of Arthur Conan Doyle’s works, resulting in him being described as the closest thing in the universe to the real-life Sherlock Holmes. Cloud will deduce everything about you, then he’ll be kind enough to explain how he did it. You’ll understand why he’s never lost a game of poker, learn how to discover the phone number of anyone you like, recall information from the recesses of your mind and he will even share with you the ability to connect with people on a deeper and more meaningful level than you’ve ever experienced before.
- The Daredevil, Jonathan Goodwin – British born Daredevil and Escape Artist Jonathan is widely considered one of the most creative, skilled, and frankly crazy stunt performers in the world. Goodwin has been hanged, buried alive, hung by his toes from helicopters, burned at the stake, attacked by sharks, and even sewn up inside a dead cow. Jonathan has starred in numerous TV series including “One Way Out” for Discovery Channel and “Dangerman: The Incredible Mr Goodwin” for the BBC. As well as his own Specials, “Deathwish Live”, “How Not To Become Sharkbait” and “The Seven Stupidest Things to Escape From”.
- The Deceptionist, James More – British-born James More burst onto an unsuspecting world following an amazing run of performances on Britain’s Got Talent. His first appearance has now been viewed by nearly twenty-eight million people on YouTube. His modern approach to magic, involving fast-paced, high-risk illusions, combined with his good looks and charisma, have been witnessed by millions of people around the world. James has appeared extensively on international television, including ITV’s primetime entertainment extravaganza ‘Fool Us’, where he performed for Penn & Teller and Jonathan Ross. He joined us from a sell-out Arena Tour in the UK with Diversity’s “Limitless” Show, where he became the first illusionist to ever appear at the 15,000 seat 02 Arena in London.
- The Unusualist, Raymond Crowe – Raymond Crowe is Australia’s only Unusualist; a world-class magician, physical comedian, trained mime, ventriloquist, inventor and master of intricate shadow puppetry. Crowe was a GRAND FINALIST on Australia’s Got Talent and was the only Australian selected to perform on the now famous NBC TV special ‘World’s Greatest Magic’. Internationally, Raymond has performed on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’, ‘The Late Late show with Craig Ferguson’ as well as in the U.K. where he performed for the Queen in ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ alongside Bon Jovi and Russell Brand; a performance that was seen by millions of people across the globe.
- The Trickster, Harrison Greenbuam Internationally recognized for his talent, Harrison was the head writer for Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro, the first-ever late night show on NBCU/Telemundo; was a featured correspondent on the Japanese television show, Scooper, which was broadcast nationally on Nippon TV; appeared in the documentary, 10 Minutes in America, on France’s Canal+; and was a featured act in the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival in Scotland. Harrison was also the co-host and featured performer of the official Times Square New Year’s Eve World Wide Webcast in 2010 and 2011, broadcasting live to over 250 million viewers around the globe. Now living in Manhattan, Harrison has quickly become one of the most in-demand comedians in New York, performing in more than 600 shows a year and thus leading both Time Out New York and the NY Daily News to call him “the hardest-working man in comedy.” One of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch,” Harrison has also received many awards and honours for his comedy, including the Andy Kaufman Award (2010) for creativity and originality in comedy, the Shorty Award in collaboration with Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival for “Best Emerging Comic” (2011), and the Magners Comic Stand-Off (2011).
THE ILLUSIONISTS – DIRECT FROM BROADWAY – PERTH OPENING NIGHT
With such an impressive lineup of talent, you don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to know this show is going to impress, even the toughest of audiences and critics.
And impressed we were. Although, I do feel like I need to mount a strong defence for the opening night Perth audience, who had to continually be reminded to applaud. It’s not that they were unappreciative or luke warm to the show. I can honestly say that most of the acts, even the non-death defying ones left us rather speechless and in a state of shell shock, that we needed to be almost shocked into action. Personally, there were several moments where I had to remind myself to just breath.
Luckily Harrison, aka The Trickster, who in his own way plays MC for the show was on hand to not so gently remind us that applause and lots of it was the currency of appreciation for the evening. Harrison was quite frankly a law unto himself, as well as relatively fast on his new to Perth feet. Nailing it 95% of the time.
There was some debate after the show, questioning if Harrison had in fact crossed the politically incorrect line a little too far. With some audience members thinking by figuratively placing his Jewish cap on early in the piece, Harrison had given himself some sort of free reign. Personally, I think he is one talented comic and magician, that could be just as funny if not more so if he lost the ‘Walmart fat’ jokes and mentioning ‘pedophile’ but hey, I’m probably super sensitive given my weight gain this past 12 months thanks to thyroid meds and ongoing health issues.
This show does include audience participation and lots of it, so choose your seats wisely if, like me, you couldn’t think of anything worse than being dragged up on stage.
The special effects are impressive but not as impressive as the acts themselves. All of which left me scratching my head and wanting to slip a truth drug into the performers’ drinks at the opening night after party, in an attempt to learn all the magic tricks of the trade which to me have gone up a notch or three with this show.
I’m giving this one 4.7 worth casing stars out of 5. Lose the over the top politically incorrect jokes for a 5 out of 5!
The Illusionists will be working their magic at Crown Perth Theatre until July 2. Tickets available NOW from Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com.au.